Abu Dhabi, The first phase of the reconstruction of the Great Mosque of Al Nuri and its Al-Hadba’ Minaret in Mosul has been completed.
Around 300 people took part in the initial stage of the renovation project which started n February 2019 and run until March 2020, removing mines and munitions, collecting heritage and historical artifacts, and classifying and documenting them.
The progress of world on the milestone was announced during a remote discussion session, which was held under the theme “Mosul Heritage: A New Era Built by Youth.”
The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development organised the virtual session in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), marking the third anniversary of the destruction of the Great Mosque of Al Nuri and its Al-Hadba’ Minaret in Mosul by Daesh.
The discussion, was attended by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Suhaib Al Darzi, Head of the Engineering Consultancy Office at Mosul University; Rakan Al Allaf, Director of the National Project to Rebuild the Al Nuri Mosque at UNESCO; Ali Al Baroudi, Translation Professor at Mosul University and Photographer; Fahar Sabah, Iraqi Cultural Activist and Founder of the Writers Forum; Abdulrahman Al Hajjar, Antiquities and Heritage Inspector of Nineveh Governorate at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and Antiquities, and Narjis Danoun, UNESCO volunteer.
During the session, Al Kaabi praised the citizens of Mosul, who helped complete phase one of the mosque’s rebuilding project, while pointing out that the UAE adopted, in 2018, UNESCO’s initiative to rebuild the mosque, which has sent a message of hope to the entire world in its battle against extremist ideas.
“One day, the Great Mosque of Al Nuri shall rise again in Mosul’s skies, and churches will be rebuilt, and cultural and musical events will be celebrated, along with many other events that celebrate human culture, before the enemies of enlightenment began their destruction. The efforts of the UAE and UNESCO will make Mosul’s citizens smile again,” she said.